Bleckley Kicks off Mentoring with a Breakfast

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010, the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Mentoring Initiative had a terrific turnout during the Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off Breakfast.  The football themed event was held at the Bleckley County Middle School Lunchroom with many parents, mentors, mentees, principals  vice-principals, counselors and staff in attendance.

Over the past two years the school-based mentoring program has had many outstanding adults from our community come forward and give of their time and talent.

Some of our matches have had to change, just as some players change on a team.  However, the initiative is still going strong with over 20 matches in place and more adults coming forward to be trained and matched.  The benefits of mentored students can be measured by better behavior at school and increased grades, but the close bonds of friendship formed between both student and adult are the most rewarding.  Several mentors have followed their mentee to high school, this is quite a testimony to the program’s importance to all involved. 

To become a mentor you can contact Gretchen Wilson-Tuck, Bleckley County Family Outreach Coordinator at (478) 934-4300.


CIS Recognized by TIME Magazine

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Communities In Schools was recognized by TIME Magazine in its Annual National Service Issue as one of the organizations through which working adults can lend a hand in public education.  In the September 20 issue, on newsstands now, Communities In Schools joins only four other national organizations in earning this mention.

The magazine’s cover story focuses on improving our country’s schools and calls on Americans to help by volunteering through organizations such as Communities In Schools.

In the article, Communities In Schools is described as “the nation’s largest dropout-prevention organization” that “coordinates a range of services, from health care to tutoring, to keep kids in school and get them to college.”  It also cites the organization’s success rate of helping 91 percent of the students monitored reach the next grade.  The article notes the wide range of volunteer opportunities available to adults who can lend their expertise to reach students in need.

“We are honored to be recognized by TIME Magazine in their National Service Issue, and grateful for the contribution of our 57,000 volunteers who work tirelessly to help young people achieve in school and in life,” said Mike Bento, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

To read content from TIME Magazine’s Annual National Service Issue or subscribe online, click on the following link.,8599,2016978,00.html.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in more than 3,400 schools, in the most challenged communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.3 million young people every year. It has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates.

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